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10-27-2003, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Kerplunk
I've browsed through the manifesto as it is available online and I thought it was an abomination. It called for the forceful removal of property by the state from everyone and went as far as to condone murdering people if they resisted. A means to an end if you will. In addition it calls for the complete domination of the planet under communism because if given a choice many people would chose to live under another system thus resulting in the failure of communism. It's a very scary piece of work and is not a great idea at all. Not only that but the fundamental economics (and Marx wasn't even an economist) which he basis his opinions on were flawed. The only work to which he ascribes value is that of the workingman. He believed that owners/managers provided no benefit to the economy. Yet if you look at Canada and the U.S. today you would see that small companies owned by entrepreneurs are creating most of the jobs and growth. Since Marx ascribes no value to that you should be able to see where we would be under Marx's manifesto.
Have you read Das Kapital 1,2, and 3 I think that covers most of the economic side. Personally I don't mind the idea of communism at all its just you have to realize Marx was writing his book for a far different time and era.Marx has had a great impact on our society(mostly for the better I would say especially in the area of workers rights) whether or not you believe in Communism.

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